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Spring Rewards

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Six individuals were names as finalists for the Athlete of the Year awards at the 2018 Connersville High School spring awards ceremony inside the Robert E. Wise Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday evening. For the girls Marley Smith, Jessica Beckman and Allison Woytik were the finalist. For the boys, the winner came from the trio of Dalton Lee, Wes Smith and Zane Spurlock. Beckman was the winner for the girls, and Smith took the trophy for the boys.
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Jessica Beckman and Wes Smith hold their Athlete of the Year awards, Wednesday night at the Connersville High School spring awards ceremony inside the Robert E. Wise Center for Performing Arts. Both were three-sport athletes in 2017-18. Beckmancompeted in soccer, basketball and track and field, while Smith ran cross country, played basketball and was a teammate of Beckman’s on the track and field unit.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

Classes had been closed down for a week, but that didn't stop Connersville High School athletes from filling the Robert E. Wise Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday night.

They were there to represent baseball, boys golf, boys track, girls track, girls tennis and softball, and to learn who the award winners were for the spring.

Awards were given for Best Mental Attitude and Most Valuable Player for each sport, the honors voted on by the respective teams.

The BMA winners on the night were Hannele Burch, Dylan Combs, Trent Eklund, Collin Herron, James Isaacs, Abbi Jacobs, Hunter Lovett, Ryan McIntyre and Haylee Perry.

Herron wound up as the night's lone two-time winner, the boys track and field star adding the Most Valuable Player award to his winnings on the night.

Joining him as MVP's were Logan Bean, Jessica Beckman, Landon Cerqua, Jeri Ellis, Rylee Fuller, Dalton Lee, Dylan Logan and Abigail Stinger.

Earning blankets on the night were Peyton Caldwell, Katie Cooley, Max Crank, Hutton Getz, Xance Martinez, Colton Massey, Elaina McCreary, Alicyn Sargent and Lee. To win a blanket, athletes are required to earn six varsity letters and a minimum of 15 athletic points.

The next step for CHS competitors is the Spartan Clock Award, given to athletes earning eight varsity letters and at least 20 points.

Lee made that list, as did Laila Fitzgerald and Wes Smith.

It was a big day for Smith, as the Connersville cross country and track and field star signed a letter-of-intent to attend IU East 30 minutes before the start of the awards ceremony. He will compete for the Red Wolves in both sports next fall.

Performance in the classroom was honored as well, as 17 athletes were given Spartan Scholar Awards for maintaining at least a 3.7 grade-point average for the 2017-18 school year.

CHS Athletic Director Brent Duncan announced that there were 151 participating athletes in the spring, and that 102 of them maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher. For the entire school year, that number was 354 athletes, with 225 of them turning in a 3.0 effort or higher (64 percent).

Those earning scholar awards were Ali Angeles, Seth Bean, Tori Bostwick, Ross Ferguson, Hollie Hoffman, Tia Hornung, Rachel Kroger, Tabitha Parker, Jared Schnitker, Lauryn Truesdale, Bella Ulmer, Burch, Cooley, Herron, Jacobs, Keaffaber and Myers.

Two of the biggest awards were given next, the first being the Matt Howard Award.

Handed out by Matt Howard's father, Stan, the envelope went to Connersville High School basketball star Garrett Silcott. The elder Howard praised the CHS senior for his ability to keep his cool, no matter the situation on the basketball court, a similar trait that Matt Howard displayed during his days playing for the Spartans.

The Oscar Hornung Service Award was then given to Brett and Brooke Adams, Duncan lauding the duo for their work and generosity with the Connersville High School swim team.

The final awards of the evening were the male and female Athlete of the Year trophies.

Three finalists from both the boys and girls ranks were brought to the stage. Receiving the highest number of votes for the boys was the trio of Zane Spurlock, Lee and Smith. 

The three girls on stage were Beckman, Marley Smith and Allison Woytik.

In one of the closest tallies ever, one vote separating each of the three finalists, Smith closed out his big night with the boys trophy. For the girls, Beckman was selected to take the award home.


2018 Connersville High School

Spring Athletic Awards

Best Mental Attitude winners

Dylan Combs (varsity baseball), Trent Eklund (junior varsity baseball), James Isaacs (C team baseball), Ryan McIntyre (golf), Haylee Perry (softball), Hannele Burch (varsity tennis), Hunter Lovett (junior varsity tennis), Collin Herron (boys track and field), Abbi Jacobs (girls track and field).

Most Valuable Player winners

Dylan Logan (varsity baseball), Landon Cerqua (junior varsity baseball), Logan Bean (C team baseball), Dalton Lee (golf), Jeri Ellis (softball), Rylee Fuller (varsity tennis), Abigail Stinger (junior varsity tennis), Collin Herron (boys track and field), Jessica Beckman (girls track and field).

Blanket winners

Peyton Caldwell, Katie Cooley, Max Crank, Hutton Getz, Dalton Lee, Xance Martinez, Colton Massey, Elaina McCreary, Alicyn Sargent.

Clock winners

Laila Fitzgerald, Dalton Lee, Wes Smith.

Spartan Scholar Athletes

1-year: Hannele Burch, Tabitha Parker, Jared Schnitker, Bella Ulmer. 2-year: Seth Bean. 3-year: Ali Angeles, Tia Hornung, Rachel Kroger, Lauryn Truesdale. 4-year: Tori Bostwick, Katie Cooley, Ross Ferguson, Collin Herron, Hollie Hoffman, Abbi Jacobs, Peyton Keaffaber, Addison Myers.

Extra Mile Award winners

Tori Bostwick, Dylan Combs, Katie Cooley, Laila Fitzgerald, Peyton Keaffaber, Dalton Lee, Xance Martinez, Dylan Rohn, Ryan Scott, Wes Smith.

Matt Howard Award winner

Garrett Silcott

Oscar Horning Service Award

Bret and Brooke Adams

Athlete of the Year finalists

Boys — Dalton Lee, Wes Smith, Zane Spurlock. Winner: Smith

Girls — Jessica Beckman, Marley Smith, Allison Woytik. Winner: Beckman